DISCERNING THE CALLS
3 JULY 2018 – In an age where there is no shortage of spirituality but there is a shortage of discernment, there is a disturbing number of ‘calls to prayer’ or ‘prayer hoaxes’ circulating on social media. In light of this, it would be prudent to discern the nature of these prayer requests and compare it to what we see in Scripture, especially in terms of ‘spiritual warfare’.
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FIFA WORLD CUP: 5 LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST SPORTING EVENT ON THE PLANET
15 JUNE 2018 – With the daily news saturated with reports of wars, acts of violence and scenes of hatred, the FIFA World Cup™ offers a brief opportunity for people to shift their attention to the soccer fields of Russia for a ‘war’ of a different kind. Like everything in life, there are some valuable lessons, both good and bad, to learn from events like these, especially when it comes to those ‘battling on the pavilions’ – the spectators.
EUROPE - SECULAR CHRISTIANITY OR SECRET CHRISTIANITY?
11 JUNE 2018 – Western Europe, birthplace of Protestant Christianity and home to the Catholic Church, has become known as the world’s only secular continent on earth. What was once the stronghold, defender and proclaimer of faith has gradually drifted away from religion and adopted self-sustaining and self-sufficient societies where government has replaced God, secular institutions the Church, and politics religion. Or has it? Is this a truth, an assumption or a misconception?
A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE GAZA CRISIS
18 MAY 2018 – The Gaza crisis continues to polarise nations and individuals around the world. The question that Christians need to consider is not who is right and who is wrong, or who is to be blamed for the countless deaths and deep trauma, but how to maintain a position of being “peacemakers” in a region of perpetual war.
'SAVIOUR' OR 'SAVAGE'? UNRAVELLING THE WESTERN NARRATIVE ON BASHAR AL-ASSAD AND THE WAR IN SYRIA
16 APRIL 2018 – In the wake of the alleged chemical attack by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and the subsequent airstrikes carried out by the US, France and the UK, we take a look at how the Western media reports on the Syrian president and the ongoing conflict, and the possible reasons for this.
SOUTH AFRICAN ‘LAND GRAB’: SEPARATING THE NOISE FROM THE NEWS
7 MARCH 2018 – The issue of expropriation of land, without compensation, is currently a hot topic in South Africa. Intentional disinformation, the absence of context, and the systematic dilution of truth have all contributed to a toxic atmosphere of fear and suspicion. This article analyses the issue and attempts to separate the news from the noise.
FINDING BEAUTY IN THE BARREN: GOD'S GRACE FOR A DROUGHT-STRICKEN CAPE TOWN
9 FEBRUARY 2018 – The Bible clearly describes God as compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. But to what extent does the drought reflect the character of a compassionate God, or has He finally lost patience with the ‘Capetonians’? The challenge for believers is not to view the drought, and the prayers that accompany it, from a transactional perspective, but from a transformational perspective.
NATIONS OF INJUSTICE: ANALYSING 7 REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS
23 JANUARY 2018 – The 2018 HRW World Report, like most lists, is subject to ‘DEFINITIONS’ and ‘PARTIALITY’. This begs the question as to which list should be trusted and which definitions should guide one’s response.
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: 7 FACTS SOUTH AFRICANS NEED TO KNOW
18 DECEMBER 2017 – Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the African National Congress (ANC) by a margin of 179 votes over Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife of the South African president, Jacob Zuma. Here are seven facts to keep in mind as we pray for the man who might lead South Africa in the near future.
JERUSALEM: DISCERNING BETWEEN PREJUDICE, PROPHECY AND PREDICTION
14 DECEMBER 2017 – Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, is often presented by the media as the proverbial, “Riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. In this regard it becomes crucial to discern between prejudice, prophesy and prediction. Here are 7 points to understand when unwrapping the layers that so easily disguise the facts and promote the fiction.
SA FARM ATTACKS: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO AN INCREASING INJUSTICE
31 OCTOBER 2017 Farm attacks in South Africa – we examine Scripture and determine a (not the only, but a) Biblical response to a very emotional issue. Following Christ’s example, together with His uncompromising teachings, will not always be the popular response, or even the easy response.
GUN CONTROL: A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH
13 OCTOBER 2017 The mass shooting of 1 October in Las Vegas was the result of a combination of violent INDUSTRIES, corrupt SOCIETIES and apathetic COMMUNITIES. Preventing future tragedies will depend on ‘bottom-up” solutions more than on just changed “top-down” legalities.
GUN POLITICS: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE
6 OCTOBER 2017 The reaction to the Las Vegas massacre was completely different to the reaction to the natural disasters that recently hit the US. The destruction caused by the hurricanes united people across cultural, racial and political borders. But the shooting seemed to highlight an already highly divided society. We take a look at some guidelines for Christians as we respond to critical issues in times of pain.